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Manics Get Ready To Storm Charts - Birmingham Evening Mail, 13th April 2007

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Title: Manics Get Ready To Storm Charts
Publication: Birmingham Evening Mail
Date: Friday 13th April 2007
Writer: Russ Morris

I was very excited this week to be joined by James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire from one of my favourite groups, Manic Street Preachers.

For the past 18 months the Manics have been on hold whilst the boys enjoyed some time out working on solo projects, including James Dean Bradfield's album, The Great Western.

"It was good fun, kind of a breeze, but it did make me miss the Manics," he reveals.

But now they're back and ready to unleash their eighth studio album.

"Eighth studio album, now we feel old!" says Nicky.

"The trick is to sound young and fresh and I think it's what we've done on our new album," James interrupts.

Nicky explains why the new album is called Send Away The Tigers.

"It comes from the late, great Tony Hancock, it was one of his phrases. Whenever he was wrapped up in self-doubt or alcoholic demons he would say 'send away the tigers'.

"It worked as our album title because we were feeling that we wanted to be Manic Street Preachers, doing what we're best at."

If the first single is anything to go by the new album has the makings of a classic.

"The Manics are all about playing live, and it has been over two years since we have, our longest gap without touring.

"Our next tour isn't going to be a big arena tour, we want to get back in touch with our fans and to actually see them, so in May we're doing a tour of theatres and smaller venues, including playing one of the great rock venues, the Wolverhampton Civic, on May 21. We love it there and can't wait to do it."